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Exciting new capabilities for deploying SAP HANA

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Earlier this year, SAP and IBM announced that SAP Business Warehouse deployments on SAP HANA could be integrated with IBM Power Systems, achieving a level of flexibility, resiliency and performance that customers tell us is unique in the industry. Now, just a few months later, we have several new milestones to report.

First, IBM Power Systems has become the first platform to be generally available for multiple virtualized production environments running SAP HANA. The PowerVM virtualization environment, exclusively available on Power Systems, is the only technology that gives SAP clients the ability to run up to four virtual machines containing production HANA databases concurrently. This allows clients to deploy fewer systems without compromising performance. Clients who choose Power Systems will also benefit from PowerVM market-leading abilities to share resources (both memory and processing) for virtualized applications based on demand.

In addition, SAP customers have a better choice when deploying SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA and SAP Business Warehouse scaling with SAP HANA. This expanded support gives clients new ways to run SAP HANA and analytics applications on a platform that was engineered for resiliency, flexibility, and performance for business-critical workloads.

As noted in Hasso Plattner’s recent blog and today’s announcements, support for SAP HANA on Power Systems continues to expand to bring new benefits to clients. That’s why prominent German footwear retailer HR Group chose to run their SAP HANA infrastructure on IBM Power Systems. After the migration, they are seeing business processes move 60 percent faster, using only half the processor cores of their prior x86-based environment based on SAP HANA. This provides them with near-instantaneous insights into market trends, and helps them respond quickly to shifting demand. They have also reduced their monthly hardware leasing costs by thousands of euros with their newly simplified, streamlined environment. You can read their entire story here.

What does this mean for customers?

The capabilities of Power Systems ensure that clients running SAP HANA can enjoy the most flexible infrastructure platform SAP HANA supports. The partnership delivers in three key ways:

  • Reducing complexity. Virtualized application deployments help organizations avoid much of the management complexity found on bare metal infrastructures They also significantly enhance the flexibility, speed, and efficiency of applications in production.
  • Accelerating ROI: Combining multiple environments (for example, test and production) within fewer high-performance systems achieves faster return on investment as new infrastructure is acquired.
  • Consolidating: Power Systems is the only server platform that guarantees system performance at up to a sustained 80 percent utilization level for its enterprise systems. That ensures that clients can confidently consolidate more and larger applications. This becomes increasingly important as organizations deploy larger data warehouses and business analytics engines as they grow.

This is the latest in a long series of productive partnerships between the IBM and SAP teams. We are bringing a more flexible, more reliable, and more responsive infrastructure platform to many customers like HR Group. We expect more announcements in the coming weeks and months, and I’m excited to see what our joint customers are able to accomplish on an open platform.

Learn more about SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems and read the IDC report.

Learn more about SAP’s announcement of SAP HANA SPS11.

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